Friday, August 04, 2006

Don't Think Outside the College Box Don't Think Outside the College Box

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Don't Think Outside the College Box looks at an article in The Critical Review which points out that colleges are not only quite liberal, but are getting ever more so, with the average professor being somewhere around 8 times as likely to vote for a Democrat as a Republican, and the ratio being significantly worse for younger professors. But the good side is that despite this, the authors were still able to do this report. Esp. interesting to me:
The Critical Review articles bared two disturbing trends: First, left-leaning academics are more orthodox than right-leaning academics. Klein, and Charlotta Stern of the Institute for Social Research in Stockholm, who conducted the social-scientist survey, polled academics about their views on where government intervention works best. They found "almost no diversity of opinion among the Democratic professors." Republicans -- no surprise -- demonstrated more ideological diversity. GOP scholars also are more likely to work outside the university -- and that's no accident.

Second, as Klein succinctly put it, "It's going to become more lopsided in the future." Cardiff and Klein looked at the younger ranks in academia -- tenure-track and associate profs -- and found the ratio of Ds to Rs to be even greater.

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